Android Auto is designed to minimize your distractions while driving, and it blocks a good chunk of notifications from your phone, excluding notifications from whitelisted apps. That whitelist is a pretty short list, and usually just covers things like SMS messages, navigation alerts, and other similar notifications relevant to driving. Google Voice was not included […]
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If you've been looking for an easier way to play weird covers of "7 Rings" through your Sonos speakers, today's your lucky day — YouTube Music subscribers can now stream tunes directly through the Sonos app. You'll find your saved music in your libr…
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If you need to connect multiple folks in a room but are concerned about security or radio frequency pollution, French company Oledcomm has a new LiFi tech solution. LiFiMax mounts on a ceiling like a smoke detector or light and provides up to 16 dong…
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Spotify is offering a couple of holiday deals and they're not limited to new users like these sorts of discounts typically are. First time Spotify Premium users in the US can get three months for $ 0.99 as long as they haven't used a 30-day trial befo…
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Verizon's latest unlimited plans may have some undesirable… limits, but at least you won't have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time you're on a North American vacation. As of January 25th, the $ 75 Go Unlimited plan will include calling…
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Following the texting bug that hit Samsung Galaxy S8 phones a week ago, many Pixel phones are unable to receive text messages after the official Android 8.0 Oreo update. Outgoing texts seem unaffected, but incoming messages just aren’t happening. Google is aware of the issue and actively working on a solution. The first sign of […]
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India continues to show signs of becoming a major market for the tech industry despite challenges related to the relative lack of wealth and Google is working hard to capitalize on that growth. The latest move from Google involves a mobile payment platform that is localized for India going by the name Google Tez, which […]
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When YouTube launched 12 years ago, it was a single website that supported one video format, 320×240 at 4:3 aspect ratio. Fast forward to today, and YouTube lets you watch any combination of SD, HD, 4K, 360, 3-D, and live video on nearly every device with an internet connection – from desktops to phones, tablets to TVs, game consoles, and even VR headsets.
We’ve also introduced apps and services that give you new ways to watch and get even closer to the content and creators you love. Music fans, gamers, and TV lovers each have unique experiences specifically tailored for their favorite content with YouTube Music, YouTube Gaming and YouTube TV. For families looking for the best way to watch together, we launched the YouTube Kids app. And for fans who want an uninterrupted, ad-free experience, and exclusive original content from creators, there’s the YouTube Red membership.
To put it simply, YouTube’s evolved … a lot. And we’re not even close to done. Over the last few months we’ve started releasing updates and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences.
Let’s start with the YouTube mobile app, which is getting a bunch of new features:
Looking beyond the YouTube app, we’ve also been working on a new desktop design. And thanks to all the positive feedback, we’re now excited to make it available to all our users around the globe starting today! Our new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine – because there’s nothing more important than the creators and videos we all love to watch. My favorite feature of this new desktop design is Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.
The bright red cherry on top of this update sundae is a refreshed YouTube Logo and YouTube Icon. Designed for our multi-screen world, the updated Logo combines a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and Icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens. Why’s it more flexible? When room is limited (say on a smartphone) you can use the brightened up Icon as an abbreviated Logo, which will be seen more easily and read more clearly. You’ll see the new Logo and Icon roll out across mobile and desktop today, and across all our other apps and services soon.
We know this is a lot of change, but we want to make clear that there’s one thing that stays the same: YouTube’s mission. We’re here to give people a voice and show them the world – no matter what device they use.
Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer, recently watched “YouTube: What will you watch next?“
The 2017 flagship from Samsung finally works with Daydream, which is Google’s virtual reality platform. Move over, Oculus. Samsung is partnering with someone else to serve up immersive content on its phones. The plan to add the Galaxy S8 to the Daydream-ready family was put into motion at Google I/O 2017 in May. Now it’s […]
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There are more ways to mirror your smartphone or tablet on your TV than you might think. Check out our rundown of MHL for everything you need to know about the wired protocol and its convenient features that can take your phone or tablet up a notch.
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It’s no doubt that you’ve heard the words “Super AMOLED” or “AMOLED” before. Not only is it a technology, but the words are oft thrown about in marketing to catch your attention, too. But, many of us don’t know what AMOLED technologies are and how they affect our smartphones. There’s quite a lot too them […]
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Back in October we launched YouTube Red, a paid membership that makes everything you love about YouTube even better, with benefits like videos free of paid ads, offline videos, and background play. Since then we’ve heard from families that they’d love the option of these features in the YouTube Kids app. So today we’re excited to say it’s here – the YouTube Kids app now works with YouTube Red in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand!
Parents who sign up for YouTube Red enable a whole new set of features for the family to enjoy, including:
To get started, all parents need is the YouTube Kids app and a YouTube Red membership. Then, just sign in to your YouTube Red account from the parental controls section of the YouTube Kids app and follow a few simple steps. Once that’s done, your little one’s ready to sing and play along with Mother Goose Club or go on an adventure with Talking Tom and his gang.
And we’ve got even more updates to YouTube Kids on the way. Over the next few months we’ll be making some changes to the app that’ll give parents more choice on how to customize the content that appears or doesn’t appear in their YouTube Kids experience.
Until then, we hope you and the family enjoy YouTube Kids with YouTube Red benefits in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand.
If you haven’t already, take YouTube Red for a spin with this free 30-day trial.
A.J. Crane, Product Manager, recently watched “Beat the Heat Hacks | LIFE HACKS FOR KIDS” on DreamWorksTV.
The Blocks modular smartwatch is one of the most exciting wearables coming this year, and now we’ve got the chance to see it in action, complete with a revised design and strap, in a new video.
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Everblume is a clever concept that takes hydroponic growing and makes it easier, smarter and on a larger scale than many indoor gardens. It combines LED lighting with smartphone integration, for a unique package that fits in your kitchen.
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Acer isn’t known for their Android smartphones, but it appears that the company is working on one. The Jade Primo S58A was just tested on Geekbench running Android Marshmallow.
The Acer Jade Primo S58 is Windows 10 powered, which we could presume is where the Jade Primo S58A got its name from. The Android model is expected to include most of the same design elements and hardware specifications as its brother. The device ran through Geekbench not too long ago and posted a single-core score of 1133 and a multi-core score of 2957. As a result, there’s nothing to staggering here.
The reason this is important is because Acer hasn’t launched an Android model in quite some time. Other than the fact the device runs Marshmallow, the benchmark revealed a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM. These are the same specifications that its windows counterpart has. The Android model could be a sign that Acer is trying to get back into the Google ecosystem and run from Windows, which hasn’t given the company that much success when it comes to smartphones. It could also just be a backup in case the windows-oriented Jade Primo doesn’t reach the company’s expectations. Either way, I’m sure Android users won’t mind another mid-range offering.
The device could be released as early as MWC 2016, which is inching closer by the day. Let’s hope we hear more in the weeks ahead.
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The long wait for Verizon to allow customers with select Samsung phones to use the company’s mobile payments service is finally over. Owners of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ can start using Samsung Pay right now.
Upon downloading a software update that is currently rolling out, the Samsung Pay app will be available to install from Google Play. Then you can start using your phone to pay for goods and services from your phone at more locations than any other mobile payments service.
It’s time to celebrate!
The software update also includes security patches, likely fixing the recent Stagefright issues.
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It's true, the Netflix VR app is ready for your compatible* Samsung phone and Gear VR headset (if you don't see it, try uninstalling and reinstalling the Oculus app), and has a virtual living room for you to chill in. Oculus CTO John Carmack worked…
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